Closer Look: Election Coverage Kick-Off — A Look at the Midterms; Treating Opioid Addiction from the E.R.; And More

Amy Steigerwalt, professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, and Ilya Davis, professor of Philosophy and African American studies at Morehouse College, talks about the midterm elections on today's "Closer Look."
Amy Steigerwalt, professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, and Ilya Davis, professor of Philosophy and African American studies at Morehouse College, talks about the midterm elections on today's "Closer Look."
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about today’s announcement from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that officers of the Atlanta Police Department will receive a salary increase. The increase will be based on rank and years of service that translates to a 30% pay increase for police officers by July 2021, followed by two-year reviews to keep salaries competitive.
  • In other news, former President and Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter is receiving birthday wishes today, for his 94th birthday. In honor of President Carter’s birthday, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is lowering today’s admission to 94 cents. Plus, visitors can sign a birthday card.
  • 2:08: The midterm elections are just over a month away, and there are is a lot for voters to consider — nationwide, and here in Georgia. We kick off our 2018 Election Coverage with a discussion with local academics Amy Steigerwalt, professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, and Ilya Davis, Professor of Philosophy and African American studies at Morehouse College.
  • 41:24: There is a new program being developed that identifies people who are being brought to the emergency room for opioid use disorder, and starts them on medications to assist recovery. A Yale University study found that patients given the medication in these situations are more likely to engage in addiction treatments. There are only a few hospitals nationwide that have implemented the program. The Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, a nonprofit treatment provider, is helping with this effort. We learn more from Dr. Alaina Steck, assistant professor of emergency medicine and toxicology at Emory University, and Dr. Stephen Delisi, assistant dean of Hazeldon Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.